The future map of religions


Muslims will grow, “nones” will lose market share and Christians will hold steady, according to new projections from the Pew Research Center.

The report predicts Muslims will overtake Christians by 2050.

India, now mostly Hindu, will become the world’s largest Muslim country.

The numbers of people with no religious identity will soar in the United States and Europe, but the unaffiliated will lose worldwide market share as Christians maintain a steady growth.

All these changes are drawn from the Pew Research Center’s new projections that map global faith traditions and how they’re likely to shift by 2050.


As of 2010, Christianity was by far the world’s largest religion, with an estimated 2.2 billion adherents, nearly a third of the Earth’s 6.9 billion people. Islam came in second, with 1.6 billion adherents, or 23 percent of the global population.” Four in 10 of all the world’s Christians will live in sub-Saharan Africa by 2050.

•While Christian numbers will continue to grow, Muslims, who are younger and have a higher birth rate, will outpace them. By 2050, “there will be near parity between Muslims (2.8 billion, or 30 percent of the population) and Christians (2.9 billion, or 31 percent), possibly for the first time in history.” Barring unforeseen events — war, famine, disease, political upheaval and more — Muslim numbers will surpass Christians after 2070.

•Worldwide, the unaffiliated will fall from 16 percent to 13 percent.


13 thoughts on “The future map of religions

  1. thought i woukd get in before Dabs and others.
    I am back! Asfor the figures, go Jesus!
    The figures for India are a worry. More muslims with the growing militant hindus.


    • But Strewth,
      You can be considered a Catholic even though you’ve never been in a church since birth, in this country, as in many countries around the world. Similarly with about 90% of all other religions, whether they be Christian, Buddhist, Pastafarians, etc.
      Many people put under religion (on the Census form) whatever religion they have been baptised in as children or infants without giving thought to the fact that only practitioners of that religion are really genuine.

      AS for birth rates, very clever! I bet most people failed to understand the significance of how that particular point skews statistics.

      These sort of statistics are only good for political showmanship.


  2. Bryan,
    These sort of statistics are not to be concerned about as a Christian.

    Calculations about human populations at the time of Noah’s flood range from 100 000 to 1 billion people. Assuming that only 100 000 people lived on the earth, we have a situation where God used less than 1% of the human population to save mankind.

    The Bible hero Gideon started waging war on the Midianites with an army of 32 000. Of that, he was told to discard 10 000 people which is 31% of his army. Of that, he was told to discard 9700 people which put his army at less than 1% or his original army.

    Then you have the story of David and Goliath which is always held up as an example of the underdog triumphing over the mighty.

    Let the Buddhists, Islam and other common garden breed of religions increase their numbers.

    “7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
    but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
    8 They are brought to their knees and fall,
    but we rise up and stand firm.”
    Psalm 20:7,8

    “So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty” Zechariah 4:6.

    “Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: “Though the number of the Israelites be like the sand by the sea, only the remnant will be saved.” Romans 9:27

    The trick is not to be swayed by numbers or political manouvering but by our relationship with God. With God we will be in the majority. Without Him, our numbers won’t count despite church membership.


  3. Because Christianity followed the beliefs of other religions, makes it no less true. For those with a literal spiritual belief, I expect that’s what God wants. A literal non-spiritual belief, I wouldn’t guess.

    The world has and had many faiths, and I heard a Cardinal recently announce that Christian belief was not necessary to get to Heaven. That God will accept you if you do your best, as poor as that might be. He said scriptural belief need not be literal. Those who have a non-literal belief, spiritual or not, might be interested in the following.

    Jesus and numerous other Sun Gods share the crucifixion, 3-day death, and resurrection concept.
    We know that from the perspective of the northern hemisphere, the sun appears to move south and get smaller and more scarce. The shortening of the days and the expiration of the crops when approaching the winter solstice symbolized the process of death to the ancients. But the Sun did not die until it came to it’s lowest point in the sky. Then it stops moving south, at least perceivably, for 3 days. During this 3 day pause, the Sun resides in the vicinity of the Southern Cross, or Crux, constellation. Then the Sun moves 1 degree, this time north, foreshadowing longer days, warmth, and Spring, and thus salvation.

    The Christian cross is a Pagan adaptation of the cross of the Zodiac.This is why Jesus in early art is often shown with his head on the cross, or a halo of light, for Jesus is the Sun, the Sun of God, and the Light of the World.

    These believers did not celebrate the resurrection of the Sun until the spring equinox, or Easter. This is because at the spring equinox, the Sun officially overpowers the evil darkness, as daytime thereafter becomes longer in duration than night, and the revitalizing conditions of spring emerge.

    The ancients had much time and opportunity to study the night sky, the heavens, seeing there the 12 constellations through which the Sun travelled. The number 12 is often found the Bible. [
    The Risen Savior comes again every morning, the Glory of God who defends against the works of darkness as he is born again every morning, and can be seen coming in the clouds, from Heaven,with a Crown of Rays.


  4. More parallels. These do not negate Christian scripture.

    Horus, the Sun God of Egypt of around 3000 BC . He is the sun, anthropomorphized, and his life is a series of allegorical myths involving the sun’s movement in the sky. He was the light, whose enemy was darkness, anthropomorphised as Set.

    Metaphorically, every morning Horus would win the battle against Set – while in the evening, Set would conquer Horus and send him into the underworld. The battle of dark versus light, good versus evil.

    Horus was born on the winter solstice (December 25th?) of the virgin Isis-Meri. His birth was accompanied by a star in the east, which in turn, three kings followed to locate and adorn the new-born savior. When Christians sing “We three kings of Orient are’, they are not referring to anything in the Bible, which reports of wise men. The star in the east is Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky, which, on December 24th, aligns with the 3 brightest stars in Orion’s Belt, sometimes called The Three Kings.

    At the age of 12, Horus was a prodigal child teacher, and at the age of 30 he was baptized by a figure known as Anup and thus began his ministry. He had 12 disciples who accompanied him, performing miracles such as healing the sick and walking on water. He was referred to as The Truth, The Light, God’s Anointed Son, The Good Shepherd, The Lamb of God, and many other.

    After being betrayed by Typhon, Horus was crucified, buried for 3 days, and, resurrected. Many other gods are found to have the same story. If this is a myth, there is nothing to say it did not become reality – perhaps Jesus and Judas made sure of that. Or perhaps God gives us various opportunities to believe in a better way of life, a fresh take on old teaching, that we manage always to distort.


    • Attis, of Phyrigia, born of the virgin Nana on December 25th, crucified, placed in a tomb and after 3 days, was resurrected.

      Krishna, of India, born of the virgin Devaki with a star in the east signaling his coming, performed miracles with his disciples, and upon his death was resurrected.

      Dionysus of Greece, born of a virgin on December 25th, was a traveling teacher who performed miracles such as turning water into wine, he was referred to as the “King of Kings,” “God’s Only Begotten Son,” “The Alpha and Omega,” and many others, and upon his death, he was resurrected.

      Mithra, of Persia, born of a virgin on December 25th, he had 12 disciples and performed miracles, and upon his death was buried for 3 days and thus resurrected, he was also referred to as “The Truth,” “The Light,” and many others. Interestingly, the sacred day of worship of Mithra was Sunday.


    • The magi, not kings but wise men, took notice of the stars, They noticed the precession of the equinoxes. As the Earth wobbles on its axis, the constellations appear to go backwards, rather than through the normal yearly cycle. They referred to each 2150 year period, as each constellation becomes prominent, as an “age.”

      From 4300 B.C. to 2150 B.C., it was the Age of Taurus, the Bull. During this time Apis the Bull was worshipped. At the end of this Moses received the 10 Commandments. He was somewhat disturbed about his people returning to the worship of the Golden Calf.

      From 2150 B.C. to 1 A.D., it was the Age of Aries, the Ram, and Jews even today still blow the Ram’s horn.

      From 1 A.D. to 2150 A.D. it is the Age of Pisces. People still use the sign of Pisces the fish to symbolise the coming of Jesus, and fishermen figure largely in his life..

      . . . .Matthew 28:20English Standard Version (ESV)
      . . . . . 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am . with you always, to the end of the age.”

      My guess is he will still be around after the Piscean age ends, particularly for those who truly follow him, for the end of the age is not the end of the world. But perhaps around AD2150 God will bring us an understanding more attuned to the present day than to the time and place of Jesus’ life on Earth.


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